This national session on mental health in workers’ companies promises an immersive experience like no other.
Conferences hold a very special place for workers compensation professionals. Days of networking, brainstorming and diving into innovations designed to protect workers and get them back to work after an injury – what’s not to love?
National Company 2022 He promises to get his fair share of all these opportunities to attend…and more.
More, you ask? Well, panelists at the Wednesday, October 19th session “Breakthrough Solutions to the Mental Health Epidemic” certainly focused on more – With an ambitious goal.
As an immersive experience, this session will explore and illustrate the techniques used to address mental health in worker comp claims, from training, applications of artificial intelligence, virtual reality technology, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Just don’t expect this to be a typical panel discussion. The committee members intend to step back, as narrators of the presentation.
“Think of The Wizard of Oz,” said spokesperson Jerry Stanley, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer, Harvard Medtech. “We will be behind the curtain.”
With lights, sounds, visuals and maybe even a (safe) fireworks or two, Breakthrough Solutions to the Mental Health Epidemic promises to be a presentation you’ve never experienced before at National Comp.
Stanley explained that the genesis of the session came from a desire to see the industry truly innovate.
“[At conferences] We always say we’re going to do innovative things.” But for him, talking about virtual reality technology – an immersive experience of its own – wasn’t innovative enough.
In fact, the use of VR in workers comp It sparked his imagination and his comrades on the committee.
“Using virtual reality guided by behavioral health clinicians, it gives the ability to immerse and engage a person’s brain, which promotes healing,” he said.
So why can’t a conference session do that too?
“If we can expand that idea In a room full of 120 people and we can immerse them in a 50-minute experience and impress them with something completely different than anything they’ve seen at a conference before — dipping their toes in virtual reality water, Stanley said.
Why do we make a scene of it? It’s about healing workers
In essence, this session aims to provide attendees with information about the mental health epidemic spreading across the United States and how workers compensation professionals can address its impact on claims.
“As an industry, we need to start treating people, not diseases,” Stanley said. “We need to understand that mental illness is endemic in the human condition.”
The idea of “purchasing a mental health claim” seems outdated in this day and age; Nationwide, approximately one in five people in the United States has a mental health condition — this Nearly 4.7 million people.
Regardless of the work injury, workers will bring with them a specific psychosocial component to their claim. Workers’ companies, as an industry, would be remiss to ignore.
“Mental illness drives a large proportion of our volatile claims. It drives expenses and can lead to poor outcomes,” Stanley said. “We have, for the first time, the ability to harness the power of everyone’s brain to benefit from it, essentially healing people without drugs or without surgery. .”
The tailored setting for the session will take attendees on how this type of therapy can help patients dealing with mental health issues. The goal is to inspire viewers, to show in an immersive way exactly how these technologies can combine to provide psychosocial support.
Stanley said that virtual reality is interfering brain power.
“This can promote healing; reduce and decrease symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD and Pain; And it actually makes people sleep better.” “It is the newest tool with which people can be treated in a completely non-invasive and non-pharmacological manner.”
The added benefit of virtual reality: “Injured workers think it’s cool. They think it’s fun.”
To be clear, the sight of the lights, sounds, and visuals these presenters wear on their sleeves won’t distract from the message; Stanley repeated the scene, he is the message.
Join us at the National Comp
Stanley, along with panelists Pearl Munro, Vice President of Operations, MC Innovations, and Karen Thomas, Vice President of Clinical Solutions, CorVel Corporation, will give their session—or presentation, if you will—on October 19 at 3:30 p.m. in the Room Session 2.
Stanley assumes National Comp attendees will walk away from this inspired experience.
“People will walk away with a little bit of awe, meaning we have the ability to treat people without drugs or surgery,” he said.
“we You have who – which capacity to me Treat The patients in a Social Psychology road. we You have The capacity to me a look in Mental determinants From health. we You have The capacity to me the support People in a novel ways, Stanley added. “I Wants People to me Walk far And the Feel Probably who – which that they You have Tools in they Fingertips to me they change People spirits. ” &